3 Killed, UGA Professor George Zinkhan sought in Shooting

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By Albert N. Milliron

The University of Georgia (UGA) website has alerted students to be on the look out for one of their own professors.  UGA students were sent text alerts that George Zinkhan, 57,  is being sought in connection with killing 3 people at the off campus Athens Community Theater.  Two others were injured and sent to a local hospital.  The professor is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone who comes in contact with him should not approach but contact authorities immediately.

Politisite will be following the story and updates as appropriate will be forthcoming.


Update: May 9, 2009 – A Body fitting the description of the UGA Professor has been found 1 mile from where his automobile was found last week.  The death appears to be from a self inflicted wound. 

Update: April 30, 2009 –Zinkhan featured on ‘America’s Most Wanted’

Update: April 29, 2009 0436 ET – The Criminal Complaint filed in Middle District Court of Georgia Posted Here

Update: April 28, 2009, 2300 ET -Police find no signs of UGA professor in Oconee property search

A half-dozen Oconee County sheriff’s deputies converged on a property in a rural area here Tuesday afternoon as authorities continued their search for murder suspect and former UGA professor George M. Zinkhan.

Update: April 26, 2009 2109 ET Timeline: What happened in Athens Update: April 26, 2009 1218 ET – 24 hours following the shooting, George Zinkhan is still on the loose.  He has not used credit cards, a Passport, or his cell phone.  A BOLO (Be on the Look out For) has been issued to Airport authorities as the Suspect has a Home in Amsterdam, Netherlands and relatives in Austin, Texas.  Mourners have begun to bring flowers to the Athens Community Theater in a Makeshift Memorial for the 3 victims: Marie Bruce, 47, Ben Teague, 63, and Tom Tanner  

A day after three adults were killed and two others injured in a shooting police say was delivered by University of Georgia marketing professor George M. Zinkhan III, friends remember the three victims described as the heart and soul of the Town & Gown Players community theatre in Athens. As of Sunday morning, police continue to search for Zinkhan.

 

Update: April 26, 2009 0935 ET

As of 9 a.m. Sunday morning, Officials said they have not received any tips locating Zinkhan, nor have they had any hits on his cell phone, ATM use, credit card or passport.

Update: April 26, 2009 0307 ET

Athens — Hours later, the prime suspect in a triple murder in Athens is still on the loose.

Listen to the Man Hunt Via  Athens-Clarke County Police:

To the Members of the University of Georgia Community:
We have had a tragedy this weekend that has impacted Athens and the entire University of Georgia community. We are saddened by the shooting that took place Saturday, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of all those who have been affected. As we grieve, we are determined to move forward.
Over the past 24 hours, I have had several meetings with the senior administrative team and received briefings from campus and local law enforcement regarding measures of campus safety and security. UGA and Athens-Clarke County police have done an extraordinary job of providing a strong law enforcement presence as we enter the final week of classes, and I have great confidence in their abilities.
UGA will operate under a normal schedule this week with classes and other business. However, I urge everyone to continue to exercise caution until the suspect is apprehended.
In wake of this tragedy, the University Health Center, through the Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) unit, will provide grief counseling and support for UGA faculty, staff and students affected by these recent events. Should anyone need or desire such services, please contact CAPS at 706-542-1162. Between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. persons wishing to reach CAPS should call University Police dispatch at 706-542-2200 and ask for the CAPS on-call staff member.
As a reminder, police are still looking for George M. Zinkhan III, 57 years of age, 6-feet three-inches tall, 240 pounds, blue eyes, white male with a goatee, with light brown hair and some graying. He was last seen wearing a polo shirt and blue shorts with a backpack, and driving a 2005 reddish Jeep Liberty with Georgia tag AIX 1376. If you know his location or see him call 911. Please do not call 911 seeking information. Please do not call UGA Police asking questions. Only call to provide information that you may have regarding this matter. Police continue to urge members of the University community to use your best judgment in taking precautions while this suspect remains at large.
We will continue to share information with you regarding this matter as it becomes available.

Michael F. Adams,
President

Georgia License Plate information-  The Suspect has three vehicles registered in his name.  The vehicle he was driving following the event is described below. 

Authorities had issued a nationwide alert for Zinkhan and his 2005 red Jeep Liberty with Georgia license plate AIX 1376.

Eye Witness Accounts and the Dead Identified

Beth Kozinsky, membership director, said the theater company was hosting a homecoming lunch Saturday for current and former members. She and others saw Zinkhan enter the building from a parking lot and shoot the first victim at close range. “We watched it happen,” Kozinsky said. “We were all in shock.” As shots were fired, those in the building scattered, she said. Saturday afternoon, a still shaken Kozinsky struggled to remember exact details. “It’s kind of a blur,” she said. Kozinsky said the victims killed include Marie Bruce, Ben Teague and Tom Tanner. Bruce and Tanner are current officers with the theater company, and Teague had been involved for several years, she said. Tanner was currently starring in a production at the theater.

Professor George Zinkham description

Zinkhan is described as a white man in his mid 50s with a goatee or beard. He may be wearing a polo shirt, blue shorts, and a backpack. Use extreme caution if contact is made, Zinkhan may be armed and dangerous. Call 911 if you know his location. The Athens Community Theater is located behind the Taylor-Grady House on Prince Avenue. The “Town and Gown Players” were in production of “Sherlock Holmes” at the theater. Tonight’s scheduled performance has been cancelled according to the group’s Web Site.

Text Alerts Sent to Students

A UGA student called FOX 5 and said an text alert has gone out to 25,000 students and faculty through campus communications to beware of a professor George M. Zinkhan driving a red vehicle.

Early Tweets From Twitter thbarnes: Listen to the UGA Professor manhunt live at http://clarke.ga.scanamerica.us/index.php

WSB-TV photographer Erin Frederickson is at the shooting scene and took pics with her Blackberry. Slideshow here: http://tinyurl.com/d5zpvn

UGANews: Continuing updates on the UGA professor manhunt at UGA News: http://uganews.com

freewallpaper: UGA does not have a lockdown and shooting was 2 miles from campus on #CNN suspect is on the run and messages sent out to find him!

DoctorLindsay: Just got the official “UGA Alert” from school. Prof. Zinkhan is a suspect in shooting. Wearing polo shirt & blue shorts, may be in red car.

chasitymoody: Just got third UGA Alert message about George Zinkhan. Shocking.

1st report on Twitter

smrosenberg: GR8. just got a UGA e-alert about a professor, George Zinkhan, who’s a suspect in a shooting, last seen on Prince (near this coffee shop).

Statement from the Athens Community Theater

All Remaining Performances of
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
Have Been Canceled.

The Town & Gown family is in shock and mourning over the events at our playhouse on April 25th, 2009. Thank you for your condolences. We’ll have further announcements, including those regarding future shows, at a later time.

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